All children should be taught basic safety rules and should be reminded of them often. Some basic information that children should know:
-What his or her private parts are (any area covered by a bathing suit). The only time a person needs to examine or touch these private parts is part of a medical examination done by a physician. If the child is younger they may also need to be taught that private parts need to be kept clean and sometimes mom, dad, or caregivers help with bath time. A child should know that any other person should never ask to look at or touch his or her private parts. A child also needs to know that if a person does look at or touch his or her private parts that they must tell mom or dad or anyone else they trust and to keep saying it until someone listens.
-Children should know not to go places alone. It is always safer to go with a friend.
-A child should know that it is always ok to say ‘no’ to an adult. It is important for your child to remember that safety comes first, even before being polite. A child should learn to say ‘no’ loudly and with force.
-A child should know that they always need to ask permission from mom, dad, or a caregiver before receiving gifts, candy, or taking a ride with someone—even if it is someone they know.
-A child should always tell an adult (preferably mom, dad, or a caregiver) where they are going. It’s always a good idea to practice many of these rules yourself as a parent or caregiver. Before you leave the house always tell your children, even your teenagers, where you are going and how you can be reached.
-A child should know that if he or she is home alone, to never tell anyone that a parent is not there. A child should also never answer the door if the doorbell rings or if someone knocks at the door when he or she is home alone.
-A child should be aware of some common tricks predators use to lure children away with them. Practice these tricks at home and use role-playing if necessary. A strange adult never needs to ask for help from a child. A child should know that if this does happen to run away and find mom, dad, or their caregiver. A child also needs to know that he or she should be at least three really big steps away from any car to keep from being grabbed or to quickly be able to run away.
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